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Old 05-02-11, 09:55 AM   #26
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Looks like your having a great time, best of local bikes. I have a Schwinn that weighs like a tank, but it's American and I like the way I fixed it up. Do for yourself what makes you feel good. I have a Shogun that I polished the Tourney brakes untill they sparkled too, later I went with dual pivot Cannondale brakes. Once again, great job your doing and want to see more.
Thanks mate and yep I'm having a good time I love to tinker and rebuilding vintage bikes should come from the hart and not just what they can be sold for.
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Old 05-07-11, 04:49 AM   #28
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I have a few tasty parts to add this time and I'm getting excited every time I look at the bike now.
All thats left is chain rings, cassette, chain and seat and its done with a bit more polishing "O" and there's a Shimano 600 bar stem still in the post.
The NOS dura ace levers are my greatest prize so far it was a shame to take them out of the packaging and reproduction decals are in the pipeline so I'm getting there.
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OK just one sneak pic. Everything is Shimano to be different from all the campy I see "love campy though" and it seems more fitting on a Aussie bike to use Shimano except the seat bolt also the seat post was anodized black but the buffing wheel took care of that.
All thats needed now is a cassette,chain,chain rings and a seat and there's a Shimano 600 bar stem in the post so cant put the tape on yet. Did I say I'm EXCITED.
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nice parts especially those DA levers. I can't wait to see the finished product
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A great build up to your thread. Nice work and photos.
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Thanks BG and WNG for your recent comments.
"OK" I'm still a few weeks of receiving the last parts needed. I have done the bar tape and installed the Shimano 600 stem so I'll put a few pic's up.
I had to order more new outer brake cable because the cheap rubbish I first bought just compressed when pulling the levers and felt squishy pulling the lever all the way to the bars so only $6 wasted.
This pic's a bit out of focus, It'll make the bike look even better when I do the last pic's.
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This is interesting to me Ricardo never had a thought for cyclocross 27 years ago but I comfortably fitted this 35C tire from my hybrid.
I guess its one of the percs to using a low end frame and might try it on the bumpy roads to work a few times, I'm thinking it'll give a rolls royce ride.
I still need to buy some correct tires though.
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Re brake q release some brake levers have a qr mech in them helps fit wheels
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Re brake q release some brake levers have a qr mech in them helps fit wheels
I just managed to pickup a near mint what I thought was a Ricardo bike for $32, but now not so sure it could be anything but anyway it has the same tourney brakes but with a quick release mechanism.
The frame is way to big for me and the down tube near the steerer tube is stressed but every other component is original mint condition it even has Cinelli bars and now the Ricardo rebuild might be more retro than first planed.
I'm still waiting for essential parts in the post though. The finish is not far off.
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can't wait to see this all built up, great looking bike. Let me know what your braking power is like with those sidepulls? I rescued a set from a local co-op and was thinking about giving them a shot on my commuter.
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can't wait to see this all built up, great looking bike. Let me know what your braking power is like with those sidepulls? I rescued a set from a local co-op and was thinking about giving them a shot on my commuter.
Thanks I think they'll be good brakes before I pulled down the other bike I just bought I took it for a ride and the brakes were great. Apparently these Tourneys were the first original DuraAce design then later they just changed the name to Tourney after they made a new design DuraAce. I had to buy a better quality outer cable as the cheap stuff I bought for this bike made them fell squishy, its still in the post though.
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"WOO HOO" its been awhile. If anyone remembers my rebuild thread then here it is sorta finished.
I have ridden it all this week but with chain, rings and cassette from my other road bike so the chain is to short so I've stayed on the small front ring. Still waiting for a large front ring in the post.
I love riding this bike the frame and especially the fork takes all the harshness and vibration out of the road and its plenty fast enough.
Being 11.1kg its not that light but where I ride this there's not many hills so it's OK.
The brakes are a bit weak but good enough with good feel they still lock up.
There's a bit of a joke around here about Ricky Ricardo and his slick black hair "does'nt exist" so people just call these bikes Ricky's.
So here's the three face's of Ricky.

Cross Ricky

Racer Ricky

Retro Ricky

And a link to all the pic's I took.
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Well done! Your hard work really shows.

Throw another shrimp on the barbie!

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Old 06-04-11, 01:00 PM   #39
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Bike looks wonderful! I am also doing the white tape and seat combo. Out of curiosity what type of seat do you have? I am just perusing for one at the moment. Congrats and great work once again!
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Well done! Your hard work really shows.

Throw another shrimp on the barbie!

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G,day thanks for the reply's the seat's a Pro Lite san carlo I bought from Chain Reaction Cycles and that believe it or not was one of the hardest decisions to make because with all my other bikes I've had SDG I-Beams obviously not suitable for this bike. It seems like a top quality seat. Very light and comfortable and looks the part.
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That's so awesome! He's a beaut.
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Congratulations on resurrecting the Ricardo. Looks awesome. Also, you did a good job of documenting it. Enjoy the ride.
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Old 04-30-13, 07:50 AM   #43
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That is one classy looking bike; nice job.

Edit: I really like the fat tires. That bike will be useful on all kinds of terrain.
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